Army troops have managed to push back the terrorists from Subeihat and Falahat areas, west of Fallujah. The operation to retake the city has been underway since May 2016. The army says it has secured the first safe exit route for thousands of civilians, trying to leave Fallujah. The route, known as al-Salam Junction is located southwest of the city.
Iraqi troops have also advanced on ISIS terrorists south of Mosul. They have moved toward the village of Haj Ali, about 60 kilometers south of Mosul. Iraqi troops were deployed to the northern Makhmour area earlier this year and launched an operation in March as the beginning of a bigger campaign to retake Mosul. Since then, Iraqi forces have captured a handful of villages on the eastern bank of the river Tigris. Mosul is the biggest city in Iraq under ISIL control that fell into the hands of terrorists in 2014.
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